Best Areas to Stay in Pereira, Colombia

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Where to stay in Pereira – A guide to the capital of Risaralda

Pereira is the capital of the Risaralda department, the most important city of the Colombian coffee axis and the second largest city of the Paisa region, after Medellin.

This city is located in western Colombia, in the valley of the Otún River in the Central Cordillera of the Colombian Andes.

Founded officially in 1863, the Otún valley had been inhabited since pre-Hispanic times by groups of the Quimbaya and Pijao cultures.

In contrast to most other large Colombian cities, and due to its rather recent foundation, Pereira lacks a colonial legacy.

Pereira’s main attractions revolve around the coffee industry and the nature of the region.

Pereira is a important starting point for numerous tours to the coffee axis and places like Quindío, Salento or Valle de Cocora.

The main tourist attractions of the city are the Ukumarí Biopark, Plaza de Bolívar (Bolivar Square), Uribe Uribe Lake Park, Olaya Herrera Park and the lively area around Circunvalar.

The climate of Pereira is generally pleasant, with temperatures ranging between 11ºC and 25ºC. Pereira has two rainy seasons, one between March and May, and another between September and November.

The urban transport in Pereira is dominated by the Megabus, a system of passenger transport that is carried out with articulated buses of exclusive lanes, not very different from the Transmilenio of Bogotá. The areas not connected by this transport system are served by traditional buses, taxis and mobile apps.

The Circunvalar area, a luxury area in the southeastern part of downtown Pereira, has the highest concentration of accommodation, restaurants, and nightlife. (See accommodation in Pereira).

Here’s a guide with the best areas to stay in Pereira, Colombia.

The best areas to stay in Pereira

1. Our favorite area: Circunvalar

Carrera 13, known as Circunvalar, is a road southeast of the center of the city of Pereira.

This area is considered one of the best neighborhoods of the upper and upper middle class of Pereira.

The neighborhood around this artery is called the “zona rosa” (party district) of Pereira and is the most lively place in the city.

In this area, you will find bars, restaurants, nightclubs, hotels and shopping centers.

Circunvalar is one of the most modern areas of Pereira, full of residential buildings and offices.

This area concentrates infinity of gastronomic options. Some of the best restaurants are here.

Most of the hostels of Pereira are in this area, so, despite being a luxury area, it is also one of the cheapest places to stay in Pereira.

Where to stay in Pereira - Circunvalar

Where to stay in Pereira – Circunvalar

Why we love this area for a stay in Pereira:

  • Best area for nightlife
  • Wide variety of hotels
  • Safe area to stay

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Don Alfonso

This elegant, colonial-style mansion is located just 5 blocks from Victoria Square and offers rooms with free Wi-Fi. The hotel has marble patios and common areas with chandeliers and checkered floors.

from US$64

Kolibri Hostel

Kolibri Hostel is located in Pereira, just 300 meters from Arboleda Shopping Center and 7.4 km from the international airport. It offers simple rooms with free Wi-Fi.

from US$16

Movich Hotel de Pereira

The luxurious Movich Hotel De Pereira, located a 5-minute walk from the center of Pereira, offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, a spa, a gym and 3 restaurants.

from US$99



2. City Center

Pereira’s City Center is the birthplace of the city and there are some of the most representative monuments of the capital of Risaralda.

The historic center of Risaralda revolves around Plaza Bolívar, where the city was founded and the most emblematic place in the heart of Pereira.

In this iconic square, you’ll find the Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty and the monument “Bolívar desnudo” (naked Bolivar).

As is common in many Latin American cities, the center is a busy commercial area during the day, but at night, it is not advisable to walk through its streets, particularly in dark or lonely places.

The center of Pereira also has a large number of hotels of all types and for all budgets.

Best areas to stay in Pereira, Colombia - City Center

Best areas to stay in Pereira, Colombia – City Center

Why we love this area for a stay in Pereira:

  • Heart of the city
  • Well-connected area
  • Historic monuments

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Soratama

This hotel has a restaurant and a terrace and is very well located, in the center of the city of Pereira, just in front of the Plaza Bolivar. It has a panoramic lounge bar open until 22:00, as well as free WiFi.

from US$54

Hotel Grand Palace

Hotel Grand Palace is located in Pereira, less than 1 km from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Poverty. Nearby places of interest include the Lucy Tejada cultural center (10 minutes on foot), the Plaza Bolivar de Pereira (less than 1 km away).

from US$17

San Simon Hotel Boutique

San Simon is located in Pereira, just opposite the sculpture El Bolívar Nude and only 30 minutes by car from the Santa Rosa hot springs. This elegant, modern design hotel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi and free private parking.

from US$57



3. Dosquebradas

Dosquebradas is one of the cities that make up the metropolitan area of Pereira.

This area is located northeast of the city, about 4 kilometers from the center of Pereira.

It is a quiet area to stay, with enough accommodation, supermarkets, and restaurants for a good stay.

The city of Dosquebradas is connected by the Megabus rapid transit system and local buses.

Dosquebradas offers a large number of accommodations, especially apartments and budget hotels.

Where to stay in Pereira - Dosquebradas

Where to stay in Pereira – Dosquebradas

Why we love this area for a stay in Pereira:

  • Peaceful area
  • Connected by Megabús
  • Cheap accommodation

Accommodation in this area

Top Choice

Hotel Guadalupe Plaza

Hotel Guadalupe Plaza is located in Dosquebradas and offers free WiFi. The property has a terrace, a shared lounge, a 24-hour reception and room service.

from US$44

Hostal Victoria

Hostal Vitoria offers a family room and shared kitchen in Dosquebradas, just 11 minutes from Plaza de Bolívar. It also offers laundry services and free Wi-Fi.

from US$6

Villa Veracruz Eje Cafetero

Located in Dosquebradas, Villa Veracruz Eje Cafetero offers an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour front desk and a tour desk. The property overlooks the mountain.

from US$44



4. Cerritos

The area of Cerritos is located west of the city of Pereira, on the road that connects it with Cártago.

Cerritos is part of the metropolitan area of Pereira and is surrounded by beautiful coffee plantations, many of which have been converted into residences, luxury restaurants and beautiful hotels with country themes that revolve around the cultivation of coffee.

It is one of the most exclusive and safest areas of the metropolitan area of Pereira.

Cerritos is one of the best areas to stay in Pereira for those looking for a quiet stay, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

This area is accessible mainly by private or rental car.

Best areas to stay in Pereira - Cerritos

Best areas to stay in Pereira – Cerritos

Why we love this area for a stay in Pereira:

  • Peaceful area
  • Coffee plantations
  • Boutique-type hotels

Accommodation in this area

  • Top Choice
    Finca Apopori

    Offering an outdoor pool, Finca Apopori is located in Cerritos. It offers free Wi-Fi. The rooms have a private bathroom with free toiletries, garden views, bed linen and a fan.

    from US$25



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